Since a lot of people who read this blog are already published, or are about to be soon, I'd like to talk about book readings today. Over the course of my years, I've gotten to hear some really cool people do readings:
-Nicholas Sparks for A WALK TO REMEMBER (he made the whole audience cry when he told us the story was true to his own life)
-Mitch Albom for TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
-Amitav Ghosh for THE GLASS PALACE
-Arundhati Roy (LOVE HER!)
-Amy Tan (Listening to Amy was like listening to some deep voice that had lived inside me allmy life)
-Indu Sundaresan for THE FEAST OF ROSES (one of my local writing gurus)
-Janet Lee Carey (A FANTASTIC YA writer, if you like Newberry Award books, you'll adore her. She was my first and only writing teacher)
-Jane Porter (she is so gorgeous!)
...and many more
A book reading, to me, is a great way for authors to connect with readers. A lot of authors tend ot be shy, quiet things who'd rather hide under the covers than read a chapter of their deeply personal work out loud. I love seeing an author face to face, hearing them speak about how they get their ideas, watching them as they share secrets about their writing life and future works with an intimate audience.
A good reading will devote me to an author for life, that's for sure.
What do you guys think? What are some of the memorable readings you've been to and when your books start hitting the shelves, what are some things you guys are going to do at your own readings?
Till next week!
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